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Animal oxygen masks donated to Aberdeen Fire and Rescue

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Sabrina Mount, a local girl scout in the Aberdeen area, donated three animal oxygen mask kits through her Gold Award Project. 

The new kits donated to Aberdeen Fire and Rescue will allow emergency responders to perform proper CPR on pets who have inhaled too much smoke.

The new mask kits have specific molds to fit over large dog muzzles and are small enough to even fit on kittens.

Each kit costs about $300 and Mount was able to raise the money through donations from local businesses.

Michael Roemmich, a member of Aberdeen Fire and Rescue looks forward to using the new equipment.

"A lot of people look at their pets as a family member," Roemmich said.  "It gives us the opportunity to assist these pets and try and do something for them."

Roemmich, told KSFY News that the new oxygen masks will not be in use until the entire response team is familiar with how to use them.

Before the addition of the kits, paramedics had to perform the CPR the "old fashion way" according to Roemmich.

"Get right down and get personal," Roemmich mentioned. "Give them mouth to mouth just like a human being."



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